Minimalised Mobility: Urbanising Protestant Congregations in Contemporary China

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While the growing literature on Christianity in contemporary China is beginning to expand our understanding of Protestantism in an urban context, there is a dearth of analysis on the urbanising context and how congregations respond to it. This paper attempts to begin to address some of these issues by analysing Protestant congregations in a mid-sized Chinese city (Huanghaicheng). This paper argues that in an urbanised context, a more formal official religious regulatory framework is established. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this paper identifies local factors as well as factors from beyond Huanghaicheng which help to shape Protestant perceptions of the regulatory framework. Further, this paper argues that religious specialists and lay believers alike are compelled to develop new strategies in order to negotiate this regulatory framework. One of the patterns emerging from this negotiation process is a more minimalist and mobile approach to officially-recognised sites for religious activity (zongjiao huodong changsuo).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018
EventChinese Religions in the Age of Massive Urbanization - Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen, Germany
Duration: 6 Jun 20187 Jun 2018


ConferenceChinese Religions in the Age of Massive Urbanization

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Chinese Christianity
  • urbanization
  • urbanisation
  • China
  • Three-Self-affiliated
  • religious activities venues
  • politics of space
  • church-state interactions


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